Archbishop McCarthy Loses Season Opener By One Point, Picks Up Valuable Experience

Archbishop McCarthy Loses Season Opener By One Point, Picks Up Valuable Experience


September 11, 2012

Archbishop McCarthy opened the 2012 high school swimming and diving season Monday with a record 58 swimmers under second-year head coach Megan Garland and started picking up valuable experience the moment the dual meet started.

The more-experienced boys team that qualified two swimmers for states last season, barely lost to host Fort Lauderdale High, 148-147.

The girls’ team, with a mixed of club and new swimmers, dropped a 205-111 decision to the Flying L’s.

“Going into the meet we had no idea what to expect,” said Garland, a top age group coach with the South Florida Aquatic Club which has several swimmers on both the girls and boys teams.

“It was our first meet of the season. On the boys’ side, it was really close and I am really happy with that.”

The swim meet helped the swimmers understand why they do the things they do in practice, Garland said.

“Some of them are very, very new and sometimes I think they have a little trouble listening and comprehending,” Garland said. “Now they know why they have to listen at practice and why we are doing it. I am glad the first meet is out of the way. They now have a better idea of what to expect and they will be a little more receptive at practice.”

Garland took over the program midway through the season last year. Getting to know her parents and swimmers and starting the season fresh with a mix of veterans and rookies has enabled her to map out a solid game plan.

“The first two weeks of practice I had the returning more-experienced swimmers take two or three swimmers to work with on starts, turns, fixing strokes and all kinds of things,” Garland said. “Each day they worked with a new person. Then we would have Fun Friday with everyone mixing together and getting to know each other.”

While it can be overwhelming working with such a large group, Garland said the team captains and returning swimmers help her out at every practice session.

In Monday’s meet, the boys won all three relays and two individual events. State qualifier Kry Nichlany was a double winner, capturing the 100-yard butterfly in 56.12 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.00. Ryan Hall, the Mavericks other state qualifier, was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.37 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.31, behind Fort Lauderdale’s Lance Rutkin, coming off an outstanding summer of club swimming.

The Maverick boys won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.80, 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:25.20 and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:26.20. Matt Mila was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.65 and was a member of all three winning relays.

“Matt has been training really well,” Garland said. “If we can get a relay to states I would be so happy.”

The girls had two individual winners and one relay victory. Kristen Armstrong won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.10 and Julie Plasencia in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.02. The 200-yard freestyle relay won in 2:09.88.

“The kids were actually close to their best times and that was exciting to see for a first meet,” Garland said. “Our boys have more experience than the girls. We have more boys club swimmers than girls. With every meet we are going to gain experience and we will be ready for districts.”

Archbishop McCarthy will see Fort Lauderdale again in the district meet that will be hosted by Pembroke Pines Charter in late October.

Fort Lauderdale coach Debbie Cavanaugh was pleased with her team’s victory sweep on a historical day at Fort Lauderdale High School’s new Aquatic Center. It was the team’s first meet at its new pool.

It was the team’s first meet at its new pool.

Cavanaugh, a longtime swimmer and water polo player, competed in the old Fort Lauderdale pool when she was 10.

“It was great to swim and start off with a win in the new pool,” Cavanaugh said. “I had sat down last night and scored the meet and had the boys winning by three. I knew it was going to be close. I told the boys they were going to have to dig deep and they dug real deep. We have some real quality kids.

“It was a total team effort from the slowest kid to the fastest kid. Their goal was to try not to finish last so they would score points and most of them did that in every single event.

Cavanaugh is also enjoying her large group of 60 swimmers at various swim skill levels.

“It’s the biggest team I have ever had,” she said. “I think it’s a combination of the new pool and coaching staff. I like to promote everybody swimming whether they can really swim or not. We have some kids that really can’t swim well but I like to keep them. My goal with them is to hopefully have them swim down and back without having to grab the side and just be a part of something they have never been a part of. It’s nice.”

Archbishop McCarthy’s next meet is Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. against Cardinal Gibbons and host team Pembroke Pines Charter at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.


Fort Lauderdale 148, Archbishop McCarthy 147

200-yard medley relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 1:47.80 (Ryan Hall, Jojo Perez, Kry Nichlany, Matt Mila), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:58.01 (Jeremy Kleiman, Jan Vicnansky, James Dika, Kyle Freire), 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:05.33 (Philippe Coppee, Palmer Larson, Josemiguel Fernandez, Troccdi).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Lance Rutkin, FTL 1:47.66, 2. Ryan Hall, ABM 1:52.37, 3. Alex Appleby, ABM 2:06.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Rafael Marcoux, FTL 2:07.26, 2. Jojo Perez, ABM 2:09.31, 3. Jan Vicnansky, FTL 2:22.32.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Conor Heatherman, FTL 23.44, 2. Bryce Fegers, FTL 26.00, 3. Fuaad Sofia, FTL 27.30.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kry Nichlany, ABM 56.12, 2. Jeremy Kleinman, FTL 59.00, 3. James Dika, FTL 1:03.33.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Rafael Marcoux, FTL 49.46, 2. Matt Mila, ABM 49.65, 3. Kyle Freire, FTL 57.94.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lance Rutkin, FTL 4:57.59, 2. Ryan Hall, ABM 5:09.31, 3. James Dika, FTL 5:19.06.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 1:25.20 (Matt Mila, Philippe Coppee, Alex Appleby, Alec Schubert), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:35.59 (Conor Heatherman, Ian Vicnansky, Rafael Marcoux, Lance Rutkin), 3. Fort Lauderdale 1:58.17 (Zach Manko, Phillip Cila-Fonvielle, Chayse Auclair, Hunter Becker).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jeremy Kleiman, FTL 1:05.18, 2. Conor Heatherman, FTL 1:08.78, 3. Nicholas Duval, ABM 1:12.02.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kry Nichlany, ABM 1:09.00, 2. Jeremy Piacente, ABM 1:12.15, 3. Ian Vicnansky, FTL 1:13.74.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 3:26.20 (Ryan Hall, Matt Mila, Kry Nichlany, Jojo Perez), 2. Fort Lauderdale 3:27.14 (Rafael Marcoux, James Dika, Conor Heatherman, Lance Rutkin), 3. Archbishop McCarthy 3:54.26 (Josemiguel Fernandez, Alec Schubert, Alex Appleby, Jeremy Piacente).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Folz, Fort Lauderdale 144.90.


Fort Lauderdale 205, Archbishop McCarthy 111

200-yard medley relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 2:07 (Chloe Adams, Tara Lawson-Curley, Hayley Hill, Shannon McCulloch), 2. Fort Lauderdale 2:10 (Mikaela Aponte, Kayla Joy Shim, Adrienne Aponte, Angela Petrillo), 3. Archbishop McCarthy 2:11 (Cassidy Shorkey, M. , Armstrong, Julie Plasencia).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kristen Armstrong, ABM 2:11.10, 2. Adrienne Aponte, FTL 2:11.16, 3. Angela Petrillo, FTL 2:14.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mikaela Aponte, FTL 2:21, 2. Julie Plasencia, ABM 2:30, 3. Kayla Joy Shim, FTL 2:58.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Chloe Adams, FTL 29.09, 2. Jordyn Schena, FTL 31.70, 3. Sara Jordan, FTL 33.0.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Julie Plasencia, Archbishop McCarthy 1:07.02, 2. Angela Petrillo, FTL 1:07.97, 3. Hayley Hill, FTL 1:14.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Chloe Adams, Fort Lauderdale 57.35, 2. Kayla Joy Shim FTL 1:12, 3. Cara Jacob, ABM 1:16.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrienne Aponte, FTL 5:47.53, 2. Shannon McCulloch, FTL 5:52.19, 3. Sarah Acosta, ABM 6:16.77.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 2:09.88 (Kristen Armstrong, Sabrina Lopez, Bamford, Laura Flack), 2. Fort Lauderdale 2:10 (Stephanie Branan, Cassandra Wild, Jordyn Schena, Jade Harvey), 3. Fort Lauderdale 2:27.44 (Assata Bandy, Taylor Danner, Caitlyn Sypre, Sara Jordan).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mikaela Aponte, FTL 1:05.12, 2. Kristen Armstrong, ABM 1:13, 3. Maria Fernandez, ABM 1:15.85.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Tara Corley-Lawson, FTL 1:22.19, 2. Hayley Hill, FTL 1:26, 3. Grace Slaton, ABM 1:27.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 4:02.56 (Chloe Adams, Adrienne Aponte, Angela Petrillo, Mikaela Aponte), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 4:25 (Julie Plasencia, Bernanki, McDonald, Cassidy Shorkey), 3. Fort Lauderdale 4:42 (Kayla Joy-Shim, Shannon McCulloch, Tara Lawson-Corley, Hayley Hill).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jade Degouveia, FTL 188.20, 2. Bonnie Rutherford, FTL, 3. Skye Wariner, FTL, 4. Adaliz Pelcastre, FTL.

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